Barack Obama, our next President

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"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry said that if the United States did not respond to the use of chemical weapons the country would become an international “laughingstock”. Yes, that’s really what America and its people have to worry about – not that their country is viewed as a lawless, mass-murdering repeat offender. Other American officials have expressed concern that a lack of a US response might incite threats from Iran and North Korea. 10

Now that is indeed something to laugh at. It’s comforting to think that the world might be finally losing the stars in their eyes about US foreign policy partly because of countless ridiculous remarks such as these.

United States bombings, which can be just as indiscriminate and cruel as poison gas.(A terrorist is someone who has a bomb but doesn’t have an air force.)
The glorious bombing list of our glorious country, which our glorious schools don’t teach, our glorious media don’t remember, and our glorious leaders glorify.

Korea and China 1950-53 (Korean War)
Guatemala 1954
Indonesia 1958
Cuba 1959-1961
Guatemala 1960
Congo 1964
Laos 1964-73
Vietnam 1961-73
Cambodia 1969-70
Guatemala 1967-69
Grenada 1983
Lebanon 1983, 1984 (both Lebanese and Syrian targets)
Libya 1986
El Salvador 1980s
Nicaragua 1980s
Iran 1987
Panama 1989
Iraq 1991 (Persian Gulf War)
Kuwait 1991
Somalia 1993
Bosnia 1994, 1995
Sudan 1998
Afghanistan 1998
Yugoslavia 1999
Yemen 2002
Iraq 1991-2003 (US/UK on regular no-fly-zone basis)
Iraq 2003-2011 (Second Gulf War)
Afghanistan 2001 to present
Pakistan 2007 to present
Somalia 2007-8, 2011 to present
Yemen 2009, 2011 to present
Libya 2011
Syria 2013?


The above list doesn’t include the repeated use by the United States of depleted uranium, cluster bombs, white phosphorous, and other charming inventions of the Pentagon mad scientists; also not included: chemical and biological weapons abroad, chemical and biological weapons in the United States (sic), and encouraging the use of chemical and biological weapons by other nations; all these lists can be found in William Blum’s book “Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower
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A story just released by Foreign Policy magazine, based on newly-discovered classified documents, reports how, in 1988, the last year of the 8-year Iraq-Iran War, America’s military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks by Iraq far more devastating than anything Syria has seen. 11 Indeed, during that war the United States was the primary supplier to Iraq of the chemicals and hardware necessary to provide the Saddam Hussein regime with a chemical-warfare capability. 12

Now, apparently, the United States has discovered how horrible chemical warfare is, even if only of the “alleged” variety.

Humanitarian intervention
Some of those currently advocating bombing Syria turn for justification to their old faithful friend “humanitarian intervention”, one of the earliest examples of which was the 1999 US and NATO bombing campaign to stop ethnic cleansing and drive Serbian forces from Kosovo. However, a collective amnesia appears to have afflicted countless intelligent, well-meaning people, who are convinced that the US/NATO bombing took place after the mass forced deportation of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo was well underway; which is to say that the bombing was launched to stop this “ethnic cleansing”. In actuality, the systematic forced deportations of large numbers of people from Kosovo did not begin until a few days after the bombing began, and was clearly a Serbian reaction to it, born of extreme anger and powerlessness. This is easily verified by looking at a daily newspaper for the few days before the bombing began the night of March 23/24, and the few days after. Or simply look at the New York Times of March 26, page 1, which reads:

… with the NATO bombing already begun, a deepening sense of fear took hold in Pristina [the main city of Kosovo] that the Serbs would NOW vent their rage against ethnic Albanian civilians in retaliation.

On March 27, we find the first reference to a “forced march” or anything of that sort.

But the propaganda version is already set in marble.

If you see something, say something. Unless it’s US war crimes.
“When you sign a security clearance and swear oaths, you actually have to abide by that. It is not optional.”– Steven Bucci, of the neo-conservative Heritage Foundation, speaking of Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley) 13

Really? No matter what an individual with security clearance is asked to do? No matter what he sees and knows of, he still has to ignore his conscience and follow orders? But Steven, my lad, you must know that following World War II many Germans of course used “following orders” as an excuse. The victorious Allies of course executed many of them.

Their death sentences were laid down by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, Germany, which declared that “Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.”

Nuremberg Principle IV moreover states:“The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.”
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flack wrote:
John McCain backs out of his support for 'use of force'.
He (and everyone else) should THINK about it all first.

The 1:37 marker kind of puts anyone in mind of teh current sitution (special appearance by ValerieJarret follows shortly thereafter...)

http://www.bing.com/videos/search...

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I, too, read it was some sort of virus but they hadn't done enough research on all of them yet to know if this was the reason for all of the beachings. It was last week when I read it, so I'm sure your information is updated.
However, dropping chemicals and nuclear waste in the ocean is more than sad. In my opinion, it's a crime against nature.
The civilized world has become so consumer-oriented with such a false sense of superiority over our environment that we will kill ourselves in the long run. It's my belief nature is trying to tell us that.
A measure of scale is needed. Not that I don't agree with you. Remember the gulf oil spill? Well the amount of oil spilled is equal to one drop of oil in a bath tub full of water. Just like this fire out west. For the most part they should just let it burn. It has burned before and it will burn again. If people must build in those places they must build in protections or insurance. If neither and something happens then they are on their own. No government handouts. Same with flood plains.
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Our enemies are poking fun at this Inept President; Syria adopts Obama’s slogan ‘Yes We Can’

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lily boca raton fl wrote:
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He recently praised President Assad for protecting Christians in Syria
There's something wrong with that guy
John kerry also recently praised assad.
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“You Get a President… Nothing Else”
President Obama offered the crowds at the March on Washington commemoration…nothing, except the fact of a Black presidency. That’s all he’s ever offered. The question is:“What good to black Americans is a first black president who brings them nothing more than the fleeting symbolic satisfaction of his technically black presence in the White House.”by Paul Street

“It's like,'OK, you get a president, you get nothing else. You got him so you don't need to eat, you don't need education.' It's just almost worse…”– Judith Hawkins, Washington D.C.

I’m not a big fan of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). It’s a conservative, power-friendly communications entity that can be counted on to serve elites more often than not – not all that different from the dominant, mass consent-manufacturing corporate media in the U.S.

Still, I’ve got to hand it to the BBC for providing some decent reportage on race in the United States at the 50thanniversary mark of Martin Luther King’s magisterial “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Mall in Washington DC.

Watching television two nights ago, I was taken aback even more than usual by the vapidity of the “P”BS Newshour’s take on that topic. The Newshour’s segment on American race relations a half century after the 1963 March on Washington (MOW) was lightweight white bait. So what if the Newshour co-anchor in charge of the segment was a black American – Gwen Ifill, who tells viewers in a “P”BS advertisement that her job as a journalist permits her to “ask not only all of my own questions but also and more importantly all of your questions”? Her segment was remarkable for the extent to which it avoided difficult and painful questions about the persistence of steep racial inequality in the U.S. and the reasons for that persistence.[1]

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When you said this: "Obama on TV lying through his teeth about how he didn't draw a red line the world did. "
Geneva Convention, UN banned the use of chemical weapons. Not just in the nations that signed but all nations.
These bodies drew that red line.
Syria ratified the Geneva Protocol in 1968.
The man said, "When a country uses chemical weapons that is where I (notice the 'I') draw a red line. Now he said he didn't draw the line. That is a lie!!!!

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President Barack Obama won the backing of key figures in the U.S. Congress, including Republicans, in his call for limited U.S. strikes on Syria to punish President Bashar al-Assad for his suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/03/us-...
seems the Brotherhood has infiltrated the GOP.
but we all knew that already. thanks a lot George.
The truth is obama painted us into a corner. Why do you guys bitch when the gop backs obama?
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When you said this: "Obama on TV lying through his teeth about how he didn't draw a red line the world did. "
Geneva Convention, UN banned the use of chemical weapons. Not just in the nations that signed but all nations.
These bodies drew that red line.
Syria ratified the Geneva Protocol in 1968.
Obama has mishandled Syria over the past few years. The good/very good options he once had to fix Syria, are in the rearview mirror you warmongering idiot... More golf anyone? Vacations??

It's the culture..
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“the President does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

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Nothing changed last month Carol. Just like there was no legislation last week as you claimed, because Congress wasn't even in session. You're a damned liar.
Google "Congress and staff exempt from Obamacare".

Reuters
August 7, 2013

When Congress passed the health reform law known as Obamacare in 2010, an amendment required that lawmakers and their staff members purchase health insurance through the online exchanges that the law created. They would lose generous coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

(Some republicans argued that if Obamacare was good enough for the American public, they were good enough for Congress. Democrats were eager to go along with it.)

But it soon became apparent the provision contained no language that allowed federal contributions toward their health plans that cover about 75 percent of the premium costs.

This caused fears that staff would suddenly face sharply higher healthcare costs and leave federal service, causing a "brain drain" on Capitol Hill.

The Office of Personnel Management, the federal government's human resources agency, decided to help Congress escape the most onerous impact of law as it was written.

Republican Senator David Vitter vowed to reverse the OPM ruling to ensure that no members of Congress, Capitol Hill staff nor Obama administration appointees get any federal subsidies for health insurance purchased on Obamacare health exchanges.

"These recent maneuverings inside the beltway are precisely why the American people rightly despise Congress," said Vitter, of Louisiana. "Perhaps if White House appointees and Congress have to live under these same Obamacare rules, things would be changed quickly for the better."

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Congress gets to keep their Cadillac coverage at our expense under the guise of Obamacare while we have to take whatever we can get.
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“It seems like everything is going backwards.”

Mardell then reported sharply disparate official unemployment rates by race in Washington DC: 3.5% for whites and 22% for blacks (“although some say [the black rate] is really much higher”). He also observed stark economic inequalities in the U.S. as a whole: average U.S unemployment of 7.4% vs. black U.S. unemployment of 12.5%; overall median income of $50,502 vs. median black income of $33,460; a national poverty rate of 15% vs. a black poverty rate of 27.4%. Mardell added that blacks make up 40 percent of the remarkable number of Americans in jail even though they comprise 13% of the U.S. population.

Like all good journalists, Mark Mardell knows that statistics only go so far when it comes to reaching viewers and readers. You’ve got to talk to some real people to put a human face on the story.

So Mardell went to a food distribution center in a black Washington D.C. ghetto, where the destitute rub shoulders with the working poor in search of adequate nutrition. There he met an 80-year old black woman named Evelyn Brown, a former nurse who “has worked all her life but finds it hard to make ends meet.” A veteran of the 1963 MOW, Ms. Brown told Mardell that "It seems like everything is going backwards,'cause…I came up the ranks, the hard times, so therefore I can see what's going on now…Really it is a struggle, it's a terrible struggle."

Mardell also interviewed a younger black woman named Judith Hawkins, who told him that “not enough has changed since King marched…We can sit in the front of the bus and we don't have to go to the outside water fountains,” Ms. Hawkins said. "And people would say we've come a long way because Barack Obama is president. It's almost like he's the panacea, but I mean with the recession it's really real here…It's like,'OK, you get a president, you get nothing else. You got him so you don't need to eat, you don't need education.' It's just almost worse, it almost made it worse because of the backlash."
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<quoted text> Just mocking you right whiners.
...no, you're the only freak who acts like a little girl
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YOU GOT NUTTIN Mardell said something quite remarkable in his piece on race in the U.S., which reported more about that topic than “P”Bs and Gwen Ifill have had to offer over multiple days of pretending to discuss the same topic in coordination with the MOW anniversary.“While many whites might see Mr. Obama's election as the final, triumphant chapter in the civil rights story,” Mardell observed,“here [in Washington D,C.’s black ghetto] it is sourly noted that he hasn't visited this part of the city just a few miles from where he lives.”[1A]

“He could have noted the first technically black president’s repeatedly stated hostility to the notion that blacks deserve any special programs or compensation for the powerful role racism has played in producing the nation’s persistent stark racial disparities.”

There’s a lot more that Mardell could have said about the sorry state of U.S. race relations today. Mardell underestimated the size of the incarcerated population. He should have provided data on the wealth/net worth race-gap.(The New York Times reported last spring that ”by the most recent data, the average white family had about $632,000 in wealth, versus $98,000 for black families and $110,000 for Hispanic families”[2]) He could have noted the first technically black president’s repeatedly stated hostility to the notion that blacks deserve any special programs or compensation for the powerful role racism has played in producing the nation’s persistent stark racial disparities – along with Obama’s nasty habit of lecturing poor blacks on the their own supposed personal and cultural responsibility for their disadvantage.

Mardell might have politely challenged Ms. Hawkins notion that black Americans “got a president” or at least made it explicit that they only got one of a symbolic kind. The Harvard-educated and elite white-vetted half-white president has been Wall Street and corporate America’s president more than anything else.

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Good grief!!!

Main article: List of parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention

Almost all countries in the world have joined the Chemical Weapons Convention. Currently 189 of the 196 states recognized by the United Nations are party to the CWC.[1] Of the seven states that are not, two have signed but not yet ratified the treaty (Burma and Israel) and five states have not signed the treaty (Angola, North Korea, Egypt, South Sudan and Syria).

You were saying?
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RealDave wrote:
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When you said this: "Obama on TV lying through his teeth about how he didn't draw a red line the world did. "
Geneva Convention, UN banned the use of chemical weapons. Not just in the nations that signed but all nations.
These bodies drew that red line.
Syria ratified the Geneva Protocol in 1968.
Remember that "red line" the UNSC set for Iraq, which Iraq violated, and Democrats like Obama said we shouldn't have responded to?
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Yosemite fire started by illegal pot growers....

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Liberals now admit children know more about foreign affairs than the man-child incompetent Obama!!! LOL!!!
Saddam Hussein killed hundred of children but that was Ok for Liberal and Bush was a war criminal but under Obama now that is a bad thing!
See? Liberals are brain dead hypocrites!
For a lot of us, the hypocrisy is blinding.

We need liberal filtering sunglasses to shut out the glare.
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<quoted text> Just mocking you right whiners.
Your brilliant use of dumbassery really brought that concept home?

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